Monday, October 28, 2013

Chicken Soup

~Susan Branch~

I have never made chicken stock from scratch.
The other day, I rolled up my sleeves and went to work.

It took some time and I put a lot of love into it.
Tom is having his left knee replaced.
So, what do you serve someone recovering?
 Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup!

(If you have lost track...Tom had his right knee replaced about three years ago.
He also had his right hip replace this past summer.)

 Mmm Mmm Good!

This is the recipe book I found for my chicken stock.
Susan's books are so much fun to read 
and her recipes are delicious!
Big fan of Susan, in case you didn't know!

Checked another Fun Fall Thing off my list.

(Update: Tom had his surgery and is doing very well)


Last Saturday was our sister-in-laws annual
Halloween Party.

Tom and I didn't stay long but long enough to enjoy the bonfire!
Perfect weather, too!

Checking another off my Fall Fun List.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Playing Catch Up


Checking things off my Fall Fun List.
(see side bar)

Before I left to see our family in Idaho,
I made an Apple Crisp.
(didn't pick the apples )
Since Tom didn't go with me, I left it for him to enjoy.

The heart shape baking pan
was a perfect way to let Tom know I was thinking of him.


Checking more off my Fall List.

I took Trey to the Park.
We had so much fun playing in the crunchy leaves!
It's a little blurry because it's hard to 
capture him with my phone camera.


I'm always on the lookout for odd or different signs.

When shopping in Idaho, we came across this car
parked in a clearly marked, WALK  area.
When we looked more closely,
you could read what someone had finger written
 on the back window.

It says,

 it wasn't my car! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tea for Two

I'm back from my Tea Party!

Silas has a smile that makes me melt.
Love his dimples.
We got to spend some much needed,
one-on-one time with each other.
I can still smell his sweet sent.

Lulu, Levi and Ila May

Lulu learned to ride her bike, right in front of my eyes!
Levi kept giving me hugs and kisses ~sigh~
Ila May is talking so much more. We had some great conversations.

Ahhhh, I miss you guys!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tea For Four or Five?

I'm off to a Tea Party,
 with some very special little people.

I will be back soon!

You know I'm...
 doing the 
Happy Dance!

(pictures from THEFULLERVIEW)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

On The Map

My project for this past summer was to build a
Little Free Library.
With the help of our son, Todd,
Tom and I have one in our front yard.

Now, we are officially on the MAP!
It's the first one in Redmond!!

We also received an award!
Library of Distinction
Click on this web site.
(you'll have to scroll down a bit)
The certificate hangs in our living room.

But the real pleasure,
has been all the people we have met. 
I put in a note pad, for anyone to leave a comment.

Here are a few notes that have been left.
I appreciate all the kind words but I have two favorite notes.

The top right, was written by a mother for her daughter.
"I like to read books.Thank you."
The little girl signed her own  name, Natalie.

The other is the one in the middle, bottom.
It says,
"I found this on a late night walk when I was really frustrated w/ work.
This really made my day. Thanks A TON  for making this a nice part of the community."

This has been such a joy and blessing for us.
Recommend it!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall Fun List

"Summer's loss seems little, dear, on days like these."
~Ernest Dowson~

(Checking things off my Fall Fun List)

Tom and I took a Sunday Drive to the mountains to see the leaves, smell the air and enjoy each other's company.

It was beautiful out, no coat required and car windows down. We were able to take in all the smells of Autumn.
Tom bought me my first Pumpkin Spice Latte. Enjoyable!

I could end it here but my finger kept clicking away on the camera.

It was a great day!

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